- An 11-year-old girl was born without arms, but she did not let it suppress her desire to succeed
- Mbali Mahlale, a pupil at a private school in Limpopo, learned to write with her feet, a skill she used to pursue an education
- However, she might be able to get prostheses when she turns 18
There are two types of people in the world, those who are ungrateful for what they have and those who make the best of an unfortunate situation, without complaining.
Meet the 11-year-old girl who never gave up, despite being born without arms. Mbali Mahlale is a force to be reckoned with- she did not let her disability get the best for her and she lives life to the fullest.
The inspirational young girl is a grade five student at Myngenoegen English Private School in Limpopo.
She learned to use her feet as hands, which was not easy, but it enabled her to fully participate in her school.
Mahlale is the only pupil at the school with special needs, but she does not let it put a damper on her love for learning.
“There’s nothing difficult about school because I like reading and practicing maths,” she said.
The 11-year-old rubbished believes that she could not do much, adding her disability would not stop her from succeeding.
She learned to write neatly with her right foot and with her left one she learned how to feed herself and get dressed.
However, there would be prostheses that would help make her life easier, but it would cost close to a million rand.
And, if she does manage to get the prosthetic limbs, it would have to be replaced as her body grows. So, Briefly.co.za gathered the Department of Health has thought it good to wait until she is fully grown to be considered for prostheses.
Waiting until the age of 18 means she would be fitted with limbs that she could keep for the rest of her life.
“It doesn’t mean when you are disabled you must depend on other people,” she said, adding “disability is not a sickness. Let’s stand up and do things on our own.”
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